Why another Sabeen must not rise


Most of us never had the chance to meet Sabeen. Yet she managed to enrich our lives immeasurably, including the lives of the many who had never even heard of her. It may seem only half a decade ago but there was no bustling theatre scene in Karachi back then. Only the biggest corporations could afford to […]

Silence the mean girl inside your head

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Men often say that women are each other’s worst enemies. We are quick to judge, gossiping over who is prettier, thinner or more successful than us. Things were a little different for me; I was never a girl’s girl. I didn’t fancy ‘girl drama’ or at least did a pretty good job of feigning that […]

Basho’s haibun


This year’s Booker winner is a classic that speaks to our time, and every time says Catriona Luke Just twice in the last few years has a novel elicited an ‘Oh.My.Goodness’ response in me. That is what I felt when I read the opening paragraphs of Mohammed Hanif’s A Case of Exploding Mangoes. This year the Booker […]

The Scottish play


Catriona Luke with the English reaction to the vote. Of Scotland’s 4.3 million voters on the independence referendum, the most interesting group are those who didn’t vote at all: 650,000 of them. Perhaps in the end they swung it. There’s nothing more Scottish than keeping your thoughts to yourself through the voting day itself, and […]

In Sickness and in Health


Gogi’s mother-in-law had to be rushed to the hospital this morning      

Happy Birthday, Pakistan!


This may sound like a curmudgeon’s rant, but it’s not; it’s a love letter. Well, Happy (belated) Birthday. With you everything seems to be late, so perhaps you won’t mind me wishing you a few days late. May you have many more and with each may you grow happier and prosperous. I would like to […]

The length of my beard


“What’s the point of wearing a headscarf, if she’s going to roam around campus wearing tight jeans like that?” remarked a not so conservative friend, while referring to his former crush, after she turned him down. Pakistani society is visibly in flux when it comes to understanding the role religion should play in society. This […]

Gym class heroes

The new X-Men Movie, starring Hugh Jackman’s six pack amongst other supporting characters

The trials and tribulations of a wannabe macho man. By Muhammad Zaid Nasir If you are wondering what an average Joe feels like while struggling to find his place in the pantheons of muscular glory, well today is your lucky day. Arnold Schwarzenegger once said “The mind is the limit. As long as the mind […]

Now or Never


I remember when Jinnah Terminal was being built. I remember the excitement we felt, as children, watching the brown bricks stand tall and elegant. The gargantuan airplanes, feats of modern engineering; we all saw in awestruck open-mouthed gazes as we saw them landing down in perfect harmony. I remember the excitement, the thrill we would […]



Nigar Mahdi Masud  (4th October 1935 – 19th August 2006) “She walks in beauty, like the night, of cloudless climes and starry skies And all that’s best of dark and bright, meet in her aspect and her eyes…” In the lush green city of Lucknow, Syeda Nigar Fatima was born on a gold autumn day […]


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